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Fair Employment Week and the BC Election

Dear Kwantlen Faculty Association Members,

The following is a message from the President of the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators (FPSE), Brent Calvert, regarding Fair Employment Week and the BC Election. Brent will join us at the GM tomorrow to bring greetings from FPSE.

This month, there are two important opportunities to shape the future of our province for our colleagues and ourselves. The impacts of COVID-19 on post-secondary institutions are still reverberating through the system. Just as with every other sector, the pandemic has exacerbated inequalities that already existed in our society and workplaces. That’s why it’s so important that we talk about the hardships being experienced by those with the lowest pay and no job security. It’s also why we need to take part in the BC election.

Here’s how you can take part in building a better future for all of us:

Fair Employment Week | FPSE has a long and proud tradition of strong activism on behalf of all our contract faculty members. Because of the commitment, focus, and perseverance of all our members we have been able to make gains on job security and pay for our contract faculty members. Our struggle continues but this week we take time to come together, recognise our successes and plan for our next steps. Here’s our full agenda for Fair Employment Week and here’s two specific events that we’re asking you to participate in:

  • Tuesday October 20 | 7pm-9pm | Join FPSE leaders and members in an informal get together.  We will all share thoughts and our experiences about the challenges facing non-regular faculty this year, how we can work together and with new allies to bring about real fairness for non-regular faculty and what you need FPSE and locals to do moving forward.   It will be an exciting evening! https://fpse.ca/news/meetings-events/fair-employment-week-oct-19-23-2020
  • Thursday October 22 | All day | Take part in the Fair Employment Week Social Media Day of Action using the hashtags #MakeItFair, #MakeitFair4CAS and tag us @FPSE. Attached is a digital toolkit to help you with pre-drafted content.
    • Contract faculty – please show and share your working conditions;
    • Regular faculty  – please share your support of your contract faculty colleagues; and
    • Students and post-secondary supporters –  please like and share #MakeItFair content throughout the day.
  • If you’re not on social media, contact your FPSE Local to find out how else you can help. https://fpse.ca/about/member-locals
     

Vote in the BC Election | Every election is an important opportunity for educators to take part in our democracy. When you vote, you have your say in who the government will be for the next four years. Here’s our top 5 list of questions to ask and things to know to help you take part in the election. https://fpse.ca/news/fpse-news/educators-vote-five-things-know-and-do-bc-election

  1. Are you eligible to vote?
  2. Make a plan to vote!
  3. Decide who to vote for.
  4. Ask questions of candidates and parties.
  5. Remind your friends and family to vote!
     

Thanks for everything you do to support a fair post-secondary system!

In solidarity,

Brent Calvert

FPSE President

Fair Employment Week and Election Resources

Last Call for Nominations for 2020 KFA Elections

Dear Kwantlen Faculty Association Members,

In accordance with Article 7 of our Constitution and By-Laws, this is the last call for nominations for the following positions on the KFA Executive Committee:

  • Vice-President, Negotiations (for balance of term: current term ends on Aug. 31, 2022)
  • Professional & Scholarly Development Committee Representative (for balance of term: current term ends on May 31, 2022)
  • Labour Community Advocate (for balance of term: current term ends on May 31, 2021)

This is the last call for nominations for the following positions on the KFA Labour Management Relations Committee (LMRC):

  • Surrey Campus LMRC Representative
  • Richmond Campus LMRC Representative
  • Cloverdale Campus LMRC Representative
  • Langley Campus LMRC Representative
  • Civic Plaza Campus LMRC Representative 

Nomination Period – September 30  to October 20, 2020.
The nomination period runs from September 30 to October 20, 2020. Nomination forms are to be sent to the Chief Returning Officer (C.R.O.), Diane Walsh. Three calls for nominations will be made during this time period. In the event that the call for nominations results in only one nomination being received by the close of the nomination period, the nominee shall be acclaimed at the General Meeting on October 21, 2020.

The nominations received to date are as follows:

Nominee Nominator Position
Mark Diotte Raphael Lagoutin Vice-President, Negotiations
Marc Kampschuur Valerie Warren Surrey Campus LMRC Representative

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can find more information about the election process on our website.

Diane Walsh, Vice-President, Grievances

Officer Responsible for the Election

RE: Letter of Understanding #13 process

Dear KFA members,

In the round of bargaining recently concluded, the parties agreed to Letter Of Understanding #13, a Joint Committee on Class Size Past Practice (see attached). The mandate of the committee is to discuss, review, and adjust class size for classes with registration limits lower than thirty-five as set by past practice.

What does this mean for you?

If your area has courses with registration limits lower than thirty-five students that are not otherwise specified in Article 12.04 Workloads, those limits will be reviewed. Your area will need to provide the reasons for the current registration limits. LOU#13 specifies the factors to be considered, including

  • Safety
  • Pedagogy
  • Professional body requirements
  • Number of practicum placements available
  • Physical space and equipment limitations
  • Sustainability of programs (may include enrollment related information, financial viability, labour market demand, relationship to institutional mission, availability of qualified faculty and delivery mode)
  • Other factors as jointly agreed

What are the next steps?

The KFA will

  • provide an overview of this matter at the KFA GM on October 21
  • survey faculty on class size and composition
  • contact your area for consultation regarding the affected courses
  • ask each area to identify a representative of affected faculty as a point person for these discussions, if required
  • meet with affected chairs, coordinators, and faculty council chairs
  • work with point people from affected areas to articulate the rationale for current class sizes
  • update you regularly on this process as it unfolds
     

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns.

Letter of Understanding #13, 2019-2022 KFA-KPU Collective Agreement

 

In solidarity,

KFA LOU#13 Committee Members:

Gillian Dearle

Raphael Lagoutin

Diane Walsh

Romy Kozak

Mark Diotte

 

Fair Employment Week

Hello KFA members,

October 19 – October 23 is Fair Employment Week. This is an event organized by the Canadian Association of University Teachers (CAUT) which highlights the increase in and the nature of precarious work at Canadian colleges and Universities.

Likewise, the Federation of Post-Secondary Educators of BC (FPSE) Fight for Fairness campaign “opposes the casualization of academic work and advocates for the full employment and the fair treatment of all academic staff regardless of their appointment status…BC’s precarious faculty do the same work as regular faculty, and they deserve the same rights. Are you ready to join us as we fight for fairness?” For more information, please see https://action.fpse.ca/precarious_profs

For Fair Employment Week 2020, the KFA Executive committee would like to invite all of you to join us at the October 19 KFA Online Open Office Hour.

Whether you are currently a Non-Regular faculty member, or you were a non-regular faculty member on your way to regularization, please join us as we share our stories about the precarity of Non-regular/Sessional work. Bring your stories and questions about our Collective Agreement for this opportunity to meet and network virtually.

Please click the link below to join the Online Open Office Hour on October 19, 2020 at 1pm:

https://teams.microsoft.com/l/team/19%3a9bba344bf4f841799901b9860c3b377e%40thread.tacv2/conversations?groupId=ed51f34e-248a-4597-9370-bf7384a73450&tenantId=66b9f62d-3042-495e-aab6-db86f21500c0

 

We look forward to seeing you there.​

Gillian Dearle

Raphael Lagoutin

Diane Walsh

Mark Diotte

Betty Cunnin

Romy Kozak

 

 

Second Call for Nominations for 2020 KFA Elections

Dear Kwantlen Faculty Association Members,

In accordance with Article 7 of our Constitution and By-Laws, this is the second call for nominations for the following positions on the KFA Executive Committee:

  • Vice-President, Negotiations (for balance of term: current term ends on Aug. 31, 2022)
  • Professional & Scholarly Development Committee Representative (for balance of term: current term ends on May 31, 2022)
  • Labour Community Advocate (for balance of term: current term ends on May 31, 2021)

This is the second call for nominations for the following positions on the KFA Labour Management Relations Committee (LMRC):

  • Surrey Campus LMRC Representative
  • Richmond Campus LMRC Representative
  • Cloverdale Campus LMRC Representative
  • Langley Campus LMRC Representative
  • Civic Plaza Campus LMRC Representative

Nomination Period – September 30  to October 20, 2020.
The nomination period runs from September 30 to October 20, 2020. Nomination forms are to be sent to the Chief Returning Officer (C.R.O.), Diane Walsh. Three calls for nominations will be made during this time period. In the event that the call for nominations results in only one nomination being received by the close of the nomination period, the nominee shall be acclaimed at the General Meeting on October 21, 2020.

The nominations received to date are as follows:

Nominee Nominator Position
Mark Diotte Raphael Lagoutin Vice-President, Negotiations

 

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me. You can find more information about the election process on our website.

 

Diane Walsh, Vice-President, Grievances

Officer Responsible for the Election

Important Notice to Faculty of Health KFA Members

Dear KFA Members in the Faculty of Health,

You recently received an email from your Dean’s office asking faculty to read the Remote Working Alone Guidelines and to submit a signed Remote Working Alone Check-In Form, if applicable.

Your KFA is contacting you today to advise you to hold off on completing and returning this form and request to withdraw it if you have already submitted it.

We have several concerns about the guidelines and form as they currently appear. Most importantly, they were not developed in consultation with the KFA. However, the Employer has agreed to work with us on this matter.

KPU has an obligation under the Workers Compensation Act to “ensure the health and safety of all workers.” KPU also has an obligation, under the Act, to “consult and cooperate with the joint committee or worker health and safety representative for the workplace.”

We look forward to working with the Employer to ensure that your rights are upheld and that your health and safety are protected appropriately.

In solidarity,

Your KFA Table Officers

Gillian Dearle, President

Raphael Lagoutin, Vice President, Negotiations

Diane Walsh, Vice President, Grievances

Mark Diotte, Member-at-Large

Betty Cunnin, Member-at-Large

Romy Kozak, Secretary-Treasurer

First Call for Nominations for 2020 KFA Election

Sent on September 30, 2020

Dear Kwantlen Faculty Association Members,

In accordance with Article 7 of our Constitution and By-Laws, this is the first call for nominations for the following positions on the KFA Executive Committee:

  • Vice-President, Negotiations (for balance of term: current term ends on Aug. 31, 2022)
  • Professional & Scholarly Development Committee Representative (for balance of term: current term ends on May 31, 2022)
  • Labour Community Advocate (for balance of term: current term ends on May 31, 2021)

This is the first call for nominations for the following positions on the KFA Labour Management Relations Committee (LMRC):

  • Surrey Campus LMRC Representative
  • Richmond Campus LMRC Representative
  • Cloverdale Campus LMRC Representative
  • Langley Campus LMRC Representative
  • Civic Plaza Campus LMRC Representative

Nomination Period – September 30  to October 20, 2020.
The nomination period runs from September 30 to October 20, 2020. Nomination forms are to be sent to the Chief Returning Officer (C.R.O.), Diane Walsh. Three calls for nominations will be made during this time period. In the event that the call for nominations results in only one nomination being received by the close of the nomination period, the nominee shall be acclaimed at the General Meeting on October 21, 2020.

If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact me.

Diane Walsh, Vice-President, Grievances

Officer Responsible for the Election

FAQ’s regarding Teaching in a Remote Learning Environment

The Kwantlen Faculty Association and Kwantlen Polytechnic University have jointly created the attached FAQ for Teaching in a Remote Learning Environment. We hope that this resource will address many of your concerns about issues such as vacation time, professional development time, faculty performance reviews, and business expenses.

FAQ’s regarding Teaching in a Remote Learning Environment

New Collective Agreement Update

Hello KFA members,
 
Please find the attached KFA New Collective Agreement update.

New Collective Agreement Update, September 9 2020
 
  
In Solidarity,

Raphael Lagoutin, Vice-President, Negotiations

Scholar Strike Canada : Live Stream Teach-Ins

Originally sent Tuesday, September 9, 2020

 

Dear KPU Faculty;

Hope your fall 2020 (e-)semester is off to a good start thus far!

As your KFA and FPSE Human Rights and International Solidarity Rep, I wanted to bring your attention to the two-day online Scholar Strike Canada ‘Teach-In’ events that are being live broadcast and video archived, starting tomorrow. The Scholar Strike Canada has already been identified (and supported) by KPU President Davis in an email earlier today. For more information please visit this link:  https://scholarstrikecanada.ca/about/

 

These Teach-Ins are starting tomorrow and the following day (Weds Sept 9th & Thurs Sept 10th) and may be of interest to KPU faculty colleagues and students. Indeed, some of these events may be helpful instructional or assignment materials/resources.

About
Scholar Strike originated in the U.S from a tweet by Dr. Anthea Butler who, inspired by the striking WNBA and NBA players, put out a call for a similar labour action from academics.   The Canadian action is aligned with the one in the U.S., in its call for racial justice, an end to anti-Black police violence and it adds a specific focus on anti-Indigenous, colonial violence. Organized by Beverly Bain and Min Sook Lee.  Scholar Strike is a labour action/teach-in/social justice advocacy happening on September 9-10, 2020. September 9 & 10 were chosen as the dates of the Scholar Strike in Canada because, for many of us, the academic year begins on these dates. These days were also chosen because of their proximity to Labour Day.   The program of public digital teach-ins through Sept 9 & 10 and other resources are available on this site.

[The Programme of Digital Teach-Ins followed in the original communication]
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Scholar Strike is a labour action/teach-in/social justice advocacy happening on September 9-10, 2020. September 9 & 10 were chosen as the dates of the Scholar Strike in Canada because, for many of us, the academic year begins on these dates. These days were also chosen because of their proximity to Labour Day.

The program of public digital teach-ins through Sept 9 & 10 and other relevant resources will be released soon. We have confirmed a key note address by journalist and activist Desmond Cole and cross-campus digital teach-ins that will bring together activists, artists and scholars from York University, University of Toronto, Ryerson University and OCAD University.

As Canadian scholars we cannot ignore the anti-Black and anti-Indigenous police brutality and violence that continue to destroy the lives of Black, Indigenous and racialized peoples.  Many of the Black, Indigenous and racialized academics who work in Canadian universities are precariously employed; hired on only part-time or short-term contracts.  The few that have been hired into full-time faculty and staff positions have found it difficult to remain in those jobs, they have either been fired or laid off because of institutional racism and other forms of violence in the university. 

We affirm protestors, workers for social justice, and activists who are crucial to making our communities safer and better.  State-sanctioned violence is part of the systemic violence that materially disenfranchises Black, Indigenous and racialized people, and is a contemporary function of slavery, carcerality and colonialism in the world today. In the current context of the COVID-19 pandemic, many of the conditions that allow systemic and material violence to disproportionately affect Black persons and communities have been exacerbated. 

Our shared work to resist anti-Black violence follows from the intellectual, emotional, & creative labours of Black intellectuals, activists, scientists, artists, designers, writers, poets, curators, illustrators, filmmakers, and cultural producers.  They form a critical part of our collective learning environment as students, faculty, and professional staff. 

We are asking University Administrators to support scholars, librarians, and other staff, and not penalize those who choose to participate.

Statements of solidarity, while important, are not enough. We must commit ourselves as scholars, artists, writers, poets, designers and researchers to actively ending all forms of racist, carceral, institutional and systemic forms of violence.

Source Link: https://scholarstrikecanada.ca/schedule/

 

 

Best Regards,

David Sadoway  PhD  MRM  BES(Hons)
Faculty & Instructor. Geography & The Environment.

Kwantlen Polytechnic University.

https://www.kpu.ca/arts/geography/faculty/david-sadoway

https://www.researchgate.net/profile/David_Sadoway 

KPU is located on the unceded lands & waters of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Musqueum, Tsawwassen, Semihamoo, Qayqayt, Sto:Lo and Kwikwetlen Peoples.